The actor who got her break in High School Musical reflects on dogs, Disney, disappointments and branching out as a bohemian as she nears 30
Vanessa Hudgens has a black belt in celebrity jujitsu, the ability to protect her privacy while appearing open and chilled. Shes Instagrams favourite virtual BFF, who welcomes you into her life of shoe shopping, fashion and friendship with such relish that you dont notice the camo netting shes draped around the bits she deserves to keep hidden. Its a masterful defensive skill, although it means shes forever asked about what shes wearing and rarely what she thinks. After our interview, she made headlines by becoming the second celebrity since the Weinstein scandal broke to wear Marchesa (Weinsteins ex-wifes label) on the red carpet. When she has been asked to speak her mind, shes usually reacting to what someone else thinks about her: say, Disney when her nude photos surfaced, or Disney again when she did Harmony Korines outrageous beach romp Spring Breakers.
I really take pride in being positive, says Hudgens. Shes here to talk about her new movie, Dog Days her first film in three years which is an easy excuse to coo about her rescue dog, Darla, saved from an abusive home by her boyfriends late mother, and a dog-swarmed set she calls, extremely zen-ed out. Whenever you get to talk about dogs, your day is A-OK, says Hudgens. But its also time to talk about her or, more importantly, to listen to an actor who is finally starting to feel comfortable speaking her mind.
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